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Lorie McClory

October 9, 2009

Land and water conservation are topic

Make reservations to attend the symposium “Water… More important than oil?” from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the South Cove Activity Center. Sponsored by the Eastman Charitable Foundation, the program will address conserving water and land resources in Grantham, Springfield and Enfield. Participants will come from the conservation commissions in all three towns, the Eastman Lakes & Streams and SustainAbility committees, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, the Ausbon-Sargent Land Preservation Trust, the Nature Conservancy and the Upper Valley Land Trust. Space is limited, so register soon:


TC/TC Office closure

The Grantham Town Clerk/Tax Collector’s office will be closed Oct. 14-15 to allow the staff to attend the 2009 New Hampshire Tax Collector’s Conference. Regular hours resume Oct. 16.


Fundraising feasts continue

The Grantham Democratic Committee continues its series of fundraising feasts. All proceeds go to support local candidates for both state and national office.

• Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m.: A Moroccan Feast at the home of Liz and Tim Knox, 6 Old Spring Drive, featuring lamb tangine and other savory and sweet Moroccan delicacies.

• Oct. 17 at 6 p.m.: Continental Delight at the home of Judith Danzoll, 7 Highwood Way, featuring prosciutto-wrapped artichoke hearts, sauté of chicken breasts in tarragon cream, porcini risotto, asparagus with hollandaise and plums a la marin.

• Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.: Vegetarian Gourmet

• Oct. 24 at 6 p.m.: Cosmopolitan Cuisine

The cost is $35 per person, which includes wine and spirits. To reserve a place, send your check, made out to the Grantham Democratic Committee, with the event you plan to attend and the names of each person in your party, plus telephone contact information, to Phyllis Katz, Grantham Democratic Committee, Box 564, Grantham. For more information, contact Jean Sutherland at 863-1856 or Phyllis Katz at


Where the heck is Draperville?

Draper Road? Draper Mill Road? Bobbin Hill? Draper Corp.? Draperville? Where did these names come from? Come and find out beginning at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Grantham Historical Society Building on Dunbar Hill Road. Allen Walker and Ken Story will give a talk about Draperville (a mill, a store and housing for employees and their families) located in North Grantham in 1916. A slide show prepared by Craig McArt will accompany the talk. For more information, contact Story at 863-3208


Annual ham & bean supper

Blue Mountain Snowdusters Outdoor Recreation Club will hold its 26th Annual Ham and Bean Supper beginning at 5 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Grantham Town Hall. Don’t miss this yummy event.


Russian Revolution with Classicopia

Another wonderful Classicopia concert will be in the Draper Room at The Center at Eastman beginning at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22. The “Russian Revolution” concert features two great Russian Piano Trios by Arensky and Shostakovich. It will be a fabulous program, showcasing the brilliant and passionate Arensky and the emotionally powerful Shostakovich, written during WWII as a tribute to the Jews who had died.  The performers will be Megumi Stohs, violin; Patrick Owen, cello; and Dan Weiser, piano. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 18 and under.


Costumes and pumpkins get a lot of use in Grantham

• The annual Haunted Pumpkin Festival will be 5-7 p.m. Oct. 24 in the school gym. Intended for families with children 12 and younger, everyone is encouraged to come in costume and join in the games, crafts, costume contest and more. Don’t miss Mr. Phil’s Happy Haunting Magic Show (bunny included!) or the Haunted House. Purchase tickets at our entrance gate (5 for a $1) to enter the haunted house or play games. If you get hungry, dine in Frank’s Café, serving up pizza, beverages and baked goods.

• Trick or Treat throughout the town from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 31. The fabulous Grantham police and fire departments hand out glow sticks, slow down the traffic and watch over our ghosts and goblins along Route 10.

• Also on Halloween, bring your carved pumpkin creations to the United Methodist Church parking lot, where they’ll be displayed for all to enjoy. Drop it off any time on Oct. 31 at the parking lot railing. Please include a candle if you have one. You can pick up your jack-o-lantern when you head home or we’ll be happy to cast it away at the end of the night. Come on! Let’s see how many we can get.

Benefit raffle and park dedication

A 50/50 raffle to benefit the town park is now in progress with the drawing held at the last soccer event of the season on Oct. 25. Tickets are being sold by families with children involved in town recreation activities and will also be sold at Frank's Café at the annual Halloween celebration on Oct. 24 in the GVS cafeteria (see above).

On Oct. 25, the Grantham Recreation Department is hosting a final soccer gathering at the recreation park in conjunction with the field dedication at 1 p.m., at which time a dedication to the Wein Family, from whom Grantham purchased the property and in whose honor the blueberry patch will be named, will be held. Don’t miss the fanfare with Town Administrator Becky Newton, our selectmen, the recreation park committee, spokespeople from the county and more.


Orchestra begins performance season

The first concert of the Connecticut River Symphony Orchestra will occur at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Claremont Opera House and will feature the world-acclaimed Norwegian tuba artist Oystein Baadswick. For more information call Harry Critchley, 863-6542


Arthritis is topic

Healthy Night is back with “Arthritis: Don't let it wear you down” at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at The Center at Eastman. Learn about arthritis of the hip and knee, understand common treatment options and get information about some of the latest technologies and surgical techniques with Dr. Stephen Kantor, orthopedic surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The evening includes a healthy and delicious dinner for $25/person, including tax and gratuity (beverages additional). Call Kathy Pomer to make your reservation at 865-7414 by Oct. 26.


Sports equipment sale in November

Have sports equipment around your house that you don't use anymore? Looking for some big ticket items, but don't want to spend big money? The senior project for Sunapee High’s Megan Cahill could be just what you need! She is coordinating a used sports equipment consignment sale to benefit the Sunapee Recreation Department.

Drop off any equipment you want to sell on 30 percent consignment between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Sherburne Gym and/or shop for new-to-you items from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 7. 

PS: I loved these sales when my kids were going through cleats at a rate of two pairs each every season. I’d buy sizes they weren’t into yet and keep them in the cellar till they fit. These sales are also great opportunities to buy skis, equipment racks for cars and lots more.


Help for the holiday

Listen Community Services Holiday Basket Program assists low income families with children and seniors 65 and over who live in many Upper Valley towns, including Grantham. The program provides warm clothing, wish list items for children and seniors, and a food certificate for each family. Last year’s program assisted 220 households.

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 10. If you would like to donate to this program please contact Kristin Farquharson, Listen’s program counselor, at 603-448-4553.



• The Lebanon Motor Vehicle sub-station is closed until further notice. Licensing and registrations can be done at the Claremont office located at 1 Water St. They are open Monday - Friday 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

• Selectmen meet at 5 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesdays each month.

• Storytimes at Dunbar Free Library at 10 a.m. Wednesdays for infants and toddlers up to age 3 with an adult, and at 10 a.m. Thursdays for preschool-aged children with an adult. Now through Dec. 10 with the exception of Thanksgiving week.

• Grantham United Methodist Church offers Sunday service at 10 a.m. each week.

• Visit for official minutes, meeting dates and more.

• Harmony Night a capella chorus sings every Monday when school is in session, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lebanon High School. All ages and experience levels are welcome at this free, intergenerational, educational and fun singing experience! Call director Dan Signor at 863-2319 for information.

• Find news and events for Grantham and surrounding towns at PS: All the Grantham Sunacom columns are still active. They can be retrieved on the Archives page.

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